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News and events in Pittsfield, Mass.

License Board Urges Sale of Three Pittsfield Restaurants
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:44AM / Thursday, October 29, 2015
John Herbert was asked to return to the board with a signed agreement with a broker to sell the former Debbie Wong's Restaurant or he'll lose the license. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Three former restaurants remain on the market but their liquor licenses may be in jeopardy.   The former Debbie Wong's, Charlie's Restaurant, and Chameleons were all brought before the Licensing Board on Monday for an update on progress to sell the licenses.   The board is trying to get the licenseholders to sell at least their license — if not the entire restaurant — so it doesn't have to revoke it. If the license is revoked, it means there would be one less

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Miss Hallís School Announces AP Scholars
02:49PM / Wednesday, October 28, 2015

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Thirty-two Miss Hall’s School students, including 28 recent graduates and 11 local students, have been named by the College Board as AP Scholars, in recognition of their exceptional achievements on the 2015 Advanced Placement (AP) Exams.

The AP Scholar designation means that the students earned a 3 or better — using a 5-point grading system — on three or more of the rigorous AP Exams, which are administered in May. This year, 88 MHS girls sat for 163 exams in 22 subject areas, and 91 percent of those exams earned qualifying scores, according to the College Board, which oversees the AP program.

Among the local students recognized as AP Scholars,

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Inauguration 2016
by Soapbox 02:00PM / Tuesday, January 05, 2016

Kids 4 Harmony Provided The Music At The Inauguration Reception
by Soapbox 08:38PM / Monday, January 06, 2014

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow
by Soapbox 04:10PM / Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Berkshire Taconic Announces New President
12:34PM / Wednesday, October 28, 2015

SHEFFIELD, Mass.— The board of directors of Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation have appointed Peter Taylor as president.

Taylor, who was selected after a national search, will be the fourth president in the foundation’s nearly 30-year history.

Taylor comes to Berkshire Taconic from the Maine Community Foundation, a statewide community foundation with $400 million in assets and 1,500 funds, where he currently serves as vice president of program development and grantmaking services.

“We are thrilled that Peter Taylor will join us to lead Berkshire Taconic into the future,” said Bill Dunlaevy, chair of the board of directors. “His track record of fostering

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Letter: Why I Want to Be Ward 1 Councilor
Letters to the Editor,
11:00AM / Wednesday, October 28, 2015

To the Editor:

To the people of ward 1 and the citizens of Pittsfield

I come to you as a concerned parent and citizen of this city. As a matter of fact my family is one of the reasons that I am here tonight. I want people to realize that there is always room for growth and change in our government.

Everyone should have a voice and that is why I want to be your voice of change. A change that is so desperately needed in Ward 1 and through out our city.

Our current government tends to forget that these decisions that they are making have not only affected us as a community but will affect our children in years to come.

I feel that recent decisions made by our council and other

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Beware of Scary Inhabitants of the Investment World
10:47AM / Wednesday, October 28, 2015

In just a few days, witches, zombies and vampires will be converging on your house, asking for candy. As is the case every Halloween, you likely will be merely amused over the sight of these costumed characters.

But in other areas of life, such as the investment world, you may need to watch out for some seemingly scary entities. Here are a few of them:

* The Horrendous Headline: Big, glaring headlines rarely offer any comfort to investors. Whether it’s political squabbles at home, conflicts in the Middle East or the debt crisis in the eurozone, there’s always something happening that’s perceived as jeopardizing the stability of the financial markets. Yet these threats

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Herberg Gun Incident Reignites Alternative School Talk
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:59AM / Wednesday, October 28, 2015
Superintendent Jason McCandless discusses school safety during Tuesday's City Council meeting. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Superintendent Jason McCandless says the best thing the city could do to keep the schools safe is to bring back an alternative school.   "It is a conversation that we simply must have. The districts that are successful with the most at-risk students are districts that have a unified housed alternative program for middle and high school students," McCandless told the City Council on Tuesday.   The council called on McCandless, Police Chief Michael Wynn, and Mayor Daniel Bianchi to discuss improving school safety in the wake of a student being


Replacement of Woodlawn Avenue Bridge Beams Mark Milestone
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:26PM / Tuesday, October 27, 2015
The first beam was placed Tuesday afternoon. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The beams spanning the Woodlawn Avenue bridge have been laid.   The long-awaited project will connect the Morningside neighborhood with East Street and is seen as not only a north-south connection but also a boost to the development of the William Stanley Business Park, which it cuts through.   The road was closed to traffic in 2006 and the bridge demolished in 2012. The reconstruction lifts the bridge high enough to allow double-decker trains to fit underneath.   "It's a huge step. The abutments are complete. We're spanning the bridge with steel and getting ready to set the deck,"


Johnny's Beach Club Hours Clipped in Wake of Shooting
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:38AM / Tuesday, October 27, 2015
Lt. Michael Grady provided the board with a police report on the incident in question. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Licensing Board is forcing Johnny's Beach Club to close at midnight after a 20-year-old man was shot on Sept. 25.   Police Lt. Michael Grady said police responded to Berkshire Medical Center at 1:55 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 25, for a man who had been shot in the foot.   Grady said the victim told police he was drinking at the Wahconah Street establishment and when he was leaving out of the back door, an unknown assailant shot him.   Police found a .45 caliber shell casing by the rear door of the property and, that following Monday, reviewed surveillance


Advance Machine & Tool Eyes Growth With Move To Pittsfield
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
05:35PM / Monday, October 26, 2015
Michael Wasuk, Mayor Daniel Bianchi, and David McDermott toured the new facility on Monday morning.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Advance Machine & Tool was looking to move from Hancock to a building in New York because of the state's tax-free option.

The company was ready to grow and it was either move there or expand on its existing building.

Then owners Michael Wasuk and David McDermott sat down with Mayor Daniel Bianchi, who offered some $120,000 in loans through the city's small-business fund.   They have now doubled the sized of their facility with the purchase of the former Pyramid Mold on Greenway Street.   "The opportunity to grow in Pittsfield was


Berkshire Bank Receives Seven Financial Marketing Awards
02:22PM / Monday, October 26, 2015

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Bank and the Berkshire Bank Foundation have been honored with seven Financial Marketing Awards for their work in the community and leading edge products.

The bank received the following prestigious awards:

* Community Champion Award – for their overall philanthropic work

* Civic Involvement Award – honoring their corporate volunteer efforts

* Brand Award, First Place Winner – for their Celebrity X team ambassador campaign featuring hockey legend Ray Bourque and current player Milan Lucic

* Deposit Award, Second Winner– for their Veteran's Checking and 3x3x3 CD Products

* Loan Award, Second Place Winner– for their


Submissions Sought for a Holiday Wreath Art Auction
11:41AM / Monday, October 26, 2015

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Office of Cultural Development is seeking  for a Holiday Wreath Art Auction on Dec. 4 at the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts.

The wreaths will be on display in conjunction with First Fridays Artswalk during a ticketed event with a preview from 5 to 6:30 p.m. The live auction will begin at 6:30 p.m. with Andy Kelly and Roy Burdick, the singing auctioneers. All proceeds will benefit the Pittsfield Food Pantries.

This call for submissions is open to all artists on a first come, first served, basis, as there are a limited number of wreaths available. There will be a $10 entry fee. The Office of Cultural Development will supply all artists with a


Berkshire Tidbits: Spooky, Spirited & DeButchery
By Judith Lerner, iBerkshires Columnist
11:41AM / Monday, October 26, 2015
Hancock Shaker Village's autumn dinners will offer a Latino twist this month.

CHP in Great Barrington Celebrating Mass 2015 Food Day

Although Massachusetts Food Day nationally is — sort of, technically, officially — on Oct. 24, communities all over the commonwealth are staging their events on days convenient for them.

Great Barringon's Community Health Programs/CHP, 442 Stockbridge Road/Route 7, is hosting a "Spooktacular" of morning events for kids on Thursday, Oct. 29, and a pumpkin walk on Friday, Oct. 30.

Thursday there will be a cooking class from 10:45 to noon, Halloween pumpkin painting from noon to 1 and a reading of Julia Donaldson's book


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